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Alternative Budget 2019-20

Policies - Tasmanian Greens Alternative Budget for the financial year 2019-20.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 May 2019

Liberal Lies on Animal Welfare

Media Release - Racing Minister, Jane Howlett’s defence of the government's record on animal welfare is pathetic.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Mar 2020

Australia Receives a 'D' for Animal Welfare

Media Release - The announcement that Australia has scored a 'D' in the Animal Protection Index will dismay every Tasmanian who cares about the welfare of animals.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Mar 2020

Duck Shooting is Animal Cruelty, Not "Way of Life"

Media Release - Gun shots will echo across Tasmania’s inland waterways this weekend, as native ducks are brutally blasted out of the skies in the name of ‘sport’.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 5 Mar 2020

2019 Government Businesses Scrutiny Committee - Tasracing

Parliamentary Activity - Full transcript of the Tasracing Pty Ltd hearings in the 2019 Government Businesses Scrutiny Committee.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Dec 2019

Animal Welfare Amendment (Reformation) Bill 2018

Greens Bill - A bill for An Act to amend the Animal Welfare Act 1993 for the purpose of banning factory farming techniques, greyhound...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Sep 2018

Justice for Animals in Our Care

Policies - The Tasmanian Greens believe that cruel, outdated practices including greyhound racing, rodeos, and battery hen farming...

Andrea Dawkins - 23 Feb 2018

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Racing Industry Cruelty

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff speaks to the Greens' Matter of Public Importance on cruelty in the racing industry following on from the 7.30 Report on 17 October exposing what happens to racing horses at the end of their racing career.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 Oct 2019

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Racing Industry Cruelty

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor speaks to the Greens' Matter of Public Importance on cruelty in the racing industry following on from the 7.30 Report on 17 October exposing what happens to racing horses at the end of their racing career.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 Oct 2019

Thoroughbred Racing Horses - Transportation to Interstate Abattoirs

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor questions the Minister for Racing on the grotesque cruelty inflicted on thoroughbred racing and trotting horses in Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 Oct 2019

Adjournment - Tassal Scientific Permit Application

Parliamentary Activity - The DPIPWE website's wildlife management page has opened an application for socalled scientific permit, that is available for public comment until 18 September.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 5 Sep 2019

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Animal Welfare in Tasmania

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff discusses slaughter of over 8000 native black swans in Tasmania, legally authorised by the Government, in the Greens' Matter of Public Importance debate.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Aug 2019

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Animal Welfare in Tasmania

Parliamentary Activity - We recognise that the wellbeing of animals in Tasmania, whether they be domestic, on farm lands or wild animals, is a matter of very significant importance to the vast majority of the Tasmanian people and it is one of those issues that...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Aug 2019

VDL Animal Cruelty Claims Require Strong Action

Media Release - Persistent allegations of cruelty and neglect at VDL dairies demand an urgent, sustained response from Biosecurity Tasmania. Yet in Parliament today, the Minister responsible for animal welfare refused to commit to unannounced visits to...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 Jul 2019

VDL Dairy - Allegations of Cruelty

Parliamentary Activity - Yesterday in response to our question about a series of detailed alarming allegations of animal cruelty and neglect at the VDL dairy, you confirmed we were misled at the Estimates table.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 Jul 2019

Adjournment - Horse Carcass Location

Parliamentary Activity - Madam Speaker, I rise on adjournment tonight to speak about a horse - again. During this year's budget Estimates we asked the Minister for Racing, Ms Archer, and Mr John King from the Office of Racing Integrity about the circumstances...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 Jul 2019

VDL Dairy - Allegations of Cruelty

Parliamentary Activity - In Estimates this year, when we asked you and your director of Biosecurity Tasmania about animal welfare issues at VDL, both of you denied any knowledge.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 Jul 2019

Wallaby Cruelty Must be Condemned

Media Release - There is no excuse for the abuse of animals. The actions of those individuals who maimed two defenceless wallabies, by shooting them with a bow and arrow, are despicable.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 Jul 2019

Huge Questions Hang Over VDL Animal Welfare

Media Release - When twenty senior farm managers put their serious concerns about animal welfare in writing, government must pay attention.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 28 Jun 2019

Adjournment - Race Horse Death at Brighton Training Grounds

Parliamentary Activity - Madam Speaker, I am off and racing because I want to speak briefly about the mystery of the horse death at the Brighton training grounds on Friday, 31 May.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 14 Jun 2019

Estimates Reply - Attorney-General

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor delivers a reply to budget estimates, discussing the death of a horse at the Brighton training tracks.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Jun 2019

Greens Release Future-Focussed Alternative Budget

Media Release - Today we proudly delivered the Tasmanian Greens’ fully costed, long-term vision for Tasmania, our Alternative Budget 2019-20. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 May 2019

Australian Fur Seals - Welfare

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Oct 2018

Courtney Must Act on Seal Cruelty

Media Release - Under the Liberals, thousands of Australian fur seals are being shot by ‘beanbag’ bullets, shocked with underwater explosives, injured, blinded, deafened - and undoubtedly, killed in some cases.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Oct 2018

Greens Table Bill to Strengthen Animal Rights

Media Release - Tasmania’s animal welfare laws fail to protect the rights of animal to live free from cruelty and neglect, placing a heavy, disproportionate emphasis on the profits of industry. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Sep 2018

Seven Months of Silence from Liberals on Polo Pony Deaths

Media Release - It’s seven months to the day since 16 prized polo ponies died on the Spirit of Tasmania, and there’s been no information from government on the animal welfare investigation or any information about the role the TT Line may or may not have...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 Aug 2018

Courtney Reveals Extended Licences to Hunt Wombats

Media Release - Primary Industries Minister, Sarah Courtney, has revealed the Liberals’ plans to extend licences to shoot native wildlife, including wombats suffering from the deadly sarcoptic mange.  

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 Aug 2018

Spirit of Tasmania - Deaths of Polo Ponies

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for INFRASTRUCTURE, Mr ROCKLIFF

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 Aug 2018

Spirit of Tasmania - Deaths of Polo Ponies

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRIES AND WATER, Ms COURTNEY

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 Aug 2018

Animal Welfare Act - Tranche 2

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Ms COURTNEY.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Jul 2018

New Minister Walks Away From Predecessor's Commitment on Animal Welfare

Media Release - A firm, unequivocal commitment in Parliament to introduce a second tranche of improvements to the Animal Welfare Act 1993 has been abandoned by new Primary Industries Minister Sarah Courtney.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Jul 2018

Extreme Weather Event - Effect on Seals and Sharks

Parliamentary Activity - Dr WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Ms COURTNEY

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 22 May 2018

More Funds Needed for DPIPWE, Not Relocation of Jobs

Media Release - The Liberals’ plan to move Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment staff from Hobart to the North and North West is hollow political pork-barreling.

Andrea Dawkins - 29 Jan 2018

Greens Back RSPCA Call to Ban Whips in Horse Racing

Media Release - The Greens commend the RSPCA for their position to ban whips in horse racing industry, as a matter of priority. Banning the whip is a solid first step to making the industry more humane.

Andrea Dawkins - 7 Nov 2017

Greyhound Unmuzzling Changes Welcome

Media Release - The Greens welcome the government’s amendment to the Dog Control Act that will allow rehabilitated greyhounds to be muzzle-free.

Andrea Dawkins - 2 Nov 2017

Estimates questions on Wombats to Minister Groom

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins questions the Minister over the issuing of culling permits for wombats while community members are treating them to combat sarcoptic mange.

Andrea Dawkins - 6 Jun 2017

Greyhound Muzzling Changes Welcome

Media Release - The Minister for Local Government today confirmed, as a result of community pressure on amendments to the Dog Control Act, Tasmania's greyhounds are now on the pathway to becoming muzzle free.

Andrea Dawkins - 5 Jun 2017

Rockliff Must Explain Abattoir Investigation Delay

Media Release - The footage taken in a Tasmanian abattoir, brought to light by animal activists today, is shocking.  It shows brutal acts of animal cruelty, like bobby calves being bludgeoned, pulled by their ears and tails before being thrown onto a...

Andrea Dawkins - 4 May 2017

Hundreds Rally to End Greyhound Cruelty

Media Release - Hundreds rallied on Parliament Lawns today to call for an end to greyhound racing in Tasmania. It's clear there is still serious, well-founded public concern about this cruel industry.

Andrea Dawkins - 9 Apr 2017

Tasmanian Pacing Club Harness Racing

Parliamentary Activity - Call on the Minister for Racing, Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP to approach the Tasmanian Pacing Club with a strategy to revisit the whip ban and to consider animal welfare as a matter of priority.

Andrea Dawkins - 15 Nov 2016

Seals At Risk

Parliamentary Activity - The Australian fur seal is the world’s fourth rarest seal species, having been hunted to the brink of extinction last century, and is now a wholly protected animal.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 Oct 2016

Baird as Weak as Hodgman on Greyhound Welfare

Media Release - Tens of thousands of greyhounds will be condemned to misery and death as a result of NSW Premier, Mike Baird, caving in to the industry and reversing the ban he announced two short months ago.

Andrea Dawkins - 11 Oct 2016

Animal Welfare Act to Include Mental Suffering as Abuse

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins tables a motion calling for the amendment of the Animal Welfare Act to include distress and mental suffering under the classification of animal cruelty.

Andrea Dawkins - 20 Sep 2016

Animal Mental Suffering Ignored

Media Release - Labor and the Liberal parties today refused to acknowledge the importance of amending the Animal Welfare Act 1993 to recognise animals experience mental distress and suffering, voting down a Greens' Motion to amend the Act to improve...

Andrea Dawkins - 21 Sep 2016

Greens Move to Include Mental Suffering in Animal Welfare Laws

Media Release - Incidents of animal cruelty and neglect continue to shock the Tasmanian community.  We need strong animal welfare standards and laws in place to deal with them.

- 18 Sep 2016

Greyhound Report Disappointing, Greens Call for Ban

Media Release - The majority Report of the Joint Select Committee on Greyhound Racing tabled today will disappoint many concerned Tasmanians. People who care about the welfare of animals will be upset not to see a ban on greyhound racing among the...

Andrea Dawkins - 14 Sep 2016

Greyhound Racing Ban

Parliamentary Activity - In the wake of the New South Wales Premier, Mike Baird, passing legislation to ban greyhound racing, Andrea Dawkins asks the Premier if he will do the same.

- 24 Aug 2016

Greyhound Deaths

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- 18 Aug 2016

Liberals and Labor on Wrong Side of History on Greyhounds

Media Release - The greyhound racing industry has lost its social licence. Both Labor and the Liberal parties are on the wrong side of history.

Andrea Dawkins - 24 Aug 2016

Cruel and Weak-Will Liberals Ignore Greyhound Deaths

Media Release - The Premier's response in Question Time today to the 1,608 greyhounds who have been killed over the past three years was heartless.

Andrea Dawkins - 24 Aug 2016

Greens Call for Tasmanian Greyhound Racing Ban

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins tables a motion calling on the Premier to ban greyhound racing in Tasmania.

Andrea Dawkins - 23 Aug 2016

Mass Greyhound Deaths Indictment on Industry

Media Release - The Greens have obtained a list of 1,608 greyhounds who were killed or died before their time over the last 3 and half years from the Office of Racing Integrity.

Andrea Dawkins - 19 Aug 2016

Correction: Deceased Greyhound List

Media Release - Our incorrect listing of Wee Fire as a deceased greyhound was unintended, and I will correct the Parliamentary record this evening. We apologise unreservedly to Wee Fire's owner and trainer for our mistake.

Andrea Dawkins - 18 Aug 2016

Deceased Greyhounds List a Snapshot of Industry

Media Release - TasRacing has released the names of 16 greyhounds reported deceased for the first six months of this year.

Andrea Dawkins - 17 Aug 2016

School Kids Show Support for RSPCA Cupcake Day

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House notes:—

- 16 Aug 2016

Call for Tripartite Support for Ban on Greyhound Racing with Exit Strategy

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins tables a motion calling for Labor and Liberal Members to join with the Greens and commit tripartite support for a ban on greyhound racing in Tasmania.

Andrea Dawkins - 16 Aug 2016

Greyhound Re-homing Won't Erase Cruelty

Media Release - Tasracing's claim they will re-home all ex-racing greyhounds after 1 July 2019 is a sign of desperation from an industry whose social licence is well and truly gone.

Andrea Dawkins - 15 Aug 2016

Rally Reinforces Public Opposition to Greyhound Cruelty

Media Release - Today's 'March for the Murdered Million' rally commemorated the thousands of dogs that die across the country every year as a result of the greyhound racing industry.

Andrea Dawkins - 24 Jul 2016

Public Distaste for Greyhound Racing

Media Release - More than half of Australians want greyhound racing banned, according to the national Essential Research poll released today.

Andrea Dawkins - 19 Jul 2016

Tasmania Must Follow NSW Greyhound Racing Ban

Media Release - The New South Wales' Premier has recognised the inherent cruelty in greyhound racing and acted in a the best interests of animal welfare.  It's surely time Tasmania did the same.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Jul 2016

Greens Donate Excess Pay Rise to NGOs

Media Release - In response to today's deadline for advising Parliament on the excessive 10.5% pay rise, we have written to the Clerk of the House advising that monies above a 2% pay rise will go to six non-government organisations.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Jul 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Parliamentary Activity - The Greens’ Alternative Budget is a statement of values.  It restores frontline funding to education and rightly includes the state Government's share of responsibility for crumbling sewerage and water infrastructure - two important issues...

Andrea Dawkins - 31 May 2016

Greens Table Petition to End Greyhound Cruelty

Media Release - While live baiting incidents haven't been proven in any Tasmania, it's clear the we're not immune from the practice. And we are certainly not immune the underlying cruelty in the industry.

Andrea Dawkins - 16 Jun 2016

Liberals' Animal Welfare Let Down

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokespersonMinister Rockliff signalled the Liberals' plan to abandon their pledge to keep strengthening the Animal Welfare Act.When questioned on when his promised animal welfare amendments might...

- 8 Jun 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Funds a Cruelty-Free Tasmania

Parliamentary Activity - The Greens have pledged to care for the welfare of greyhounds, by allocating the amount, upwards of 5 million tax payer dollars given to prop up the industry each year to phasing out the industry over a 5 year period, and to give those in...

Andrea Dawkins - 1 Jun 2016

Greens Budget for Cruelty Free Tasmania

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokespersonThe Greens Alternative Budget recognises animals as sentient beings who deserve our care and respect. We also recognise the economic value of humane treatment of animals.

- 31 May 2016

Excessive Pay Rise Should Go to Unfunded Organisations

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderThe Legislative Council delivered the Hodgman Government everything they hoped in defeating the government's sham disallowance Motion today. The Premier's plan to have his cake and eat it too on MPs pay is...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 May 2016

Funds Raised in RPSCA Million Paws Walk Vital for Protection of Animals

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 24 May 2016Andrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes that:—(a)           the RSPCA’s biggest fundraising event of the year, the Million Paws Walk, was held on 15 May 2016 across the regions of Tasmania; and

- 24 May 2016

Call for Government to Roll Out Virtual Fencing to Reduce Wildlife Fatalities

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins tables a motion calling on the government to develop a fiscal strategy to roll out virtual fencing around the State.

Andrea Dawkins - 3 May 2016

Greens Table Bill to Ban Battery Hens

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokespersonThe Greens tabled a bill to ban battery hen farming in Tasmania in Parliament today. Our Bill reflects community expectations of modern farming practices.

- 7 Apr 2016

Animal Welfare Disregarded in New Free-Range Egg Regulations

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins On tomorrow to move -That this House notes:1.      The reforms agreed to at the recent Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting which will see eggs stocked in farms with up to 10,000 hens per hectare labelled as ‘...

- 5 Apr 2016

Egg Labelling Only a Win for Industry

Media Release - The welfare of hens was well and truly at the bottom of the list when egg labelling laws were debated at COAG. Minister Brooks boasted loudly about consumer knowledge this morning, but what was missing entirely from his self-congratulatory...

Andrea Dawkins - 5 Apr 2016

New Egg Laws Do Little For Hen Welfare

Media Release - It's all well and good for the Liberals to claim new egg labelling laws are a win for producers and consumers, but they don't do much for the welfare of hens.

Andrea Dawkins - 31 Mar 2016

Family Violence and the Link with Animal Cruelty

Parliamentary Activity - Ms DAWKINS (Bass) - Mr Deputy Speaker, in 2015 one of the lessons learned is that of the breadth of family violence in our communities. We have learnt from the survivors of violence about the implicit nature of our society's acceptance of...

Andrea Dawkins - 8 Mar 2016

Inspectorate Funding Cuts Exacerbate Cruelty

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokespersonFunding cuts to the RSPCA and the transfer of rural inspectorate work to an underfunded, and arguably conflicted, government department are at the heart of the animal welfare issues at...

- 11 Jan 2016

TasRacing Soft on Animal Welfare Concerns

Media Release - In GBE Estimates today, Tas Racing CEO, Doctor Eliot Forbes, seemed to struggle to accept the reality of animal welfare issues facing the racing industry. Minister Rockliff now has a job to do and show leadership with his GBE and its CEO.

Andrea Dawkins - 2 Dec 2015

Law to Recognise Animals as Sentient Beings

Parliamentary Activity - NOTICE OF MOTIONWEDNESDAY 28 october 2015Andrea Dawkins On tomorrow to move -That this House notes:

- 28 Oct 2015

Consideration for Wildlife Needed During Burnoffs

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins tables a motion calling on the government to consider the impact of burns and fires on native wildlife when undertaking any assessment of reduction burns and bushfire management.

Andrea Dawkins - 14 Oct 2015

Live Exports and ChAFTA

Parliamentary Activity - NOTICE OF MOTIONTUESDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2015Andrea Dawkins On tomorrow to move -That this House notes:1.      The rally to support a ban on live animal export held in Hobart on Saturday the 19th of September;

- 22 Sep 2015

Large Animal Rescue

Parliamentary Activity - That this House notes:1.     That Large Animal Rescue (LAR) involves the removal of a large animal from a place of danger to a place of safety by the most humane method, with regard for the safety and welfare of the animals, responders and...

- 26 Aug 2015

Inaugural Speech

Parliamentary Activity - Madam Speaker, I was compelled to social activism at a young age when I became a vegetarian. An experienced small business owner and committed animal welfare advocate I put the two together and developed ‘Fresh on Charles’ as a hybrid...

Andrea Dawkins - 16 Jun 2015

Fireworks Permits

Parliamentary Activity - Calls on the Government to review the way Fireworks Permits are issued to ensure that people can make representation to WorkSafe Tasmania before permits are issued.

Nick Mckim - 3 Jun 2015